After a week of grueling exams, 45 students and six chaperones from Walt Whitman High School traveled to Breckenridge, Colorado for the 13th annual skiing trip. Taking place during Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend, the trip was the perfect opportunity for students and teachers to decompress and relax.
“I thought the trip was great,” expressed sophomore Alex Nelson. “The freedom we had was awesome, and standing at the summit looking over the Breckenridge town, seeing snow covered mountain for miles, gives you a feeling nothing can compare to.”
For four days, students and chaperones rose early and spent the entire day on the slopes. The trip included people of all skill levels in skiing and snowboarding, along with students from all four high school grade levels.
“I’m not a very good skier and was a little nervous going into the trip,” describes freshmen Nicki Lane. “After taking one lesson I could ski down blacks [difficult slopes] because I’m a rebel and I do what I want! I had way too much fun with my friends.”
After exhausting days on the slopes, the students would return to their condos for a short break, relaxing in an outdoor hot tub, before going out again to the nearby town. Grabbing delicious crepes from a local vender, Crepes Á La Cart, students would hit up the oxygen bar, where they could buy flavored oxygen, or browse the local fuzzy sock store.
Not only fun and relaxing, the trip also taught the students about freedom and cooperation. One of the chaperones, Whitman art teacher Nancy Mornini, explained that “the trip is a perfect opportunity to coach kids on living together in a group setting, and even how to use a dishwasher and garbage disposal.” Everyone that went would describe Breckenridge as the perfect, picturesque town for a high school trip. The amazing view from the top of the mountain is just a bonus.
Article by Sophia Knappertz, MoCo Student staff writer